'No Respect No Relationship' campaign could misdirect victims

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 08/06/2004 - 17:10

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle has accused the government of wasteful and potentially dangerous mismanagement of their 'No Respect, No Relationship' anti-sexual violence campaign to be launched today.

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06.06.04

'No Respect No Relationship' campaign could misdirect victims

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle has accused the government of wasteful and potentially dangerous mismanagement of their 'No Respect, No Relationship' anti-sexual violence campaign to be launched today.

"The Greens welcome any imitative to combat sexual and domestic violence but question the government's decision to overlook the experts when setting up their hotline," Senator Nettle said.

"It appears that the government's hotline will not be directing victims of sexual violence to the existing sexual assault/domestic violence crisis services but to other services such as Lifeline which do not have the relevant expertise

"Not only is this needless duplication, but it could prevent victims of sexual or domestic violence getting the best help available.

"Callers should be accessing the experts directly.

"If Lifeline advise callers to ring their state based service because Lifeline's volunteer advisers lack the relevant expertise, this extra step could endanger victims of violence who may not make that second call and so fail to get the help they need.

"The government's tendering process overlooked the existing crisis services in so doing bypassing the expertise and proved record of these excellent services.

The National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence NASASV wrote to the minister in April to raise their concerns at being overlooked, and have not received a reply. They also suggest that a simple diversion of calls from the hotline number to each state's existing crisis services would be the best way to deliver this service and would cost only $5,600 per year.

"These are the services that are best equipped to counsel victims of sexual violence and the government has ignored them.

"If the government was genuinely committed to addressing sexual violence it would have redirected the $4m it's spent on this campaign towards funding and promoting existing sexual assault counselling services.

"The "No Respect No Relationship" campaign has turned into a government propaganda exercise reminiscent of the failed Anti-Terror Fridge Magnet effort of 2002."

Contact Jon Edwards - 0428 213 146

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